OL-Rennes: Get back to winning ways at home (19h, Canal +)
Lyonnais and Rennais are already facing each other again. Not even two months after crossing swords in Brittany in a first leg that did not end with a winner (2-2), it is OL's turn to host Stade Rennais in the reverse fixture. High performers away from home, Memphis' teammates have had more difficulty in imposing themselves at home. The recent defeats against Metz and Montpellier unfortunately have come to mar the overall results vis-á-vis the team's ambitions of the moment. The arrival of Rennes, which comes only three days after a frustrating draw in Marseille, should allow Les Gones some reassurance against a “European” opponent before hosting Paris and Lille a little later in the campaign.
The battle for top spot continues with four contenders -- three Champions League places for four teams. The defeat of PSG by Monaco ten days ago gave a new turn to this fierce battle for the top places which will be fought among four teams. ASM are well and truly back in business as PSG lost some ground. The league season is still long and the cards will likely be endlessly reshuffled until the final outcome, as exemplified by the two points dropped by Lille and OL over the last weekend. Four small points are all that now separate the top four.
Stade Rennais are in dire form, and it’s not only the latest loss to Nice this weekend that has brought about the doubts in place in the moment, as the team's current form spans six matches without a victory. The promising start to the season in the league seems very far away and the Rennes, currently ninth, are struggling to regain their place in the table. Eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League and then the Coupe de France at the start of the year, the players have just seen their coach resign at the start of the week, and will therefore look to be starting a new run of form against OL. They will be able to count on the return of their leader in defense, Damien Da Silva, and therefore an almost complete squad, to hope to raise the bar and return to Europe next year.